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Clinton natives, businessmen on ABC’s ‘Expedition Impossible!’

In December 2009, Nicholas Coughlin thought he had lost his best chance at appearing in a reality television show.

Coughlin, a Clinton native and resident who owns showmygame.com and develops social media application software for bugsgoviral.com, had made it all the way to the final group of 20 — 10 men, 10 women — vying to compete on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” He was one of the last cut. Before his flight left LAX in Los Angeles, he peered out the plane’s window to see Trump’s private jet sitting on the tarmac.

“So I pretty much left there wanting to jump out of the airplane,” Coughlin, 28, said of his disappointment at the time.

Fast foward to last December, and Coughlin gets a phone call from Mark Burnett, who is to reality TV what Bear Bryant was to Alabama football. Burnett tells Coughlin he remembered him from the Trump auditions, and wanted to see if he’d be willing to try out for “Expedition Impossible!,” a mixture of “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” that will air on ABC starting June 21.

Long story short, Coughlin and two of his buddies — fellow Clinton natives Chad Robinson, 27, a Realtor; and Jason Cronin, 37, who owns several businesses in Pensacola Beach — were selected as one of 13 teams to compete on “EI!.”

The show filmed in March and April in the Kingdom of Morocco, in Africa. We asked Coughlin what it was like.

“Hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said, describing the physical toll exacted by the tasks he and his team had to do, many of which included traversing the Sahara Desert and the mountains of the Moroccan terrain.

Coughlin couldn’t be too specific about what he and his team — who named themselves The Country Boys for the show — did while filming, since it won’t hit the airwaves until June 21.

“But it was the most exhilerating, exciting, gut-wrenching thing I’ve ever done. It was terrible,” Coughlin said. “But I would do it again tomorrow.”

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